Keywords: comparison of ford and toyota philosophies Introduction A manufacturing/production system consists of a conversion system, which transforms inputs into output. Just how conversion is performed depends upon the nature of product/service and the nature of demand for such product/service. Thus the types of production are broadly classified into two categories, the continuous and the intermittent. The first category is suitable where large scale production is required and the second is suitable where demand is non-uniform and seasonal and the merchandise is not standardized. Ford Motors, as it is poised for mass producing standardized automobiles, naturally embraced the continuous production system.